Makayla Smith

Makayla Smith is from Memphis, Tennessee and graduated in the fall of 2021 from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S degree. She majored in Exercise science with a minor in Human and Health Performance. Makayla has served on the Dean’s List her freshman and senior year of college while also being accepted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After serving with Impact America, Makayla plans to pursue graduate school to receive a OTR/L in Occupational Therapy.


What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, riding horses, and being adventurous!


What is your biggest strength?

One of my biggest strengths are my social and communication skills. I am very outgoing and love to connect with people.


Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire my grandfather because he always sets the right example. He has raised me to always be kind, caring, and forgiving.

Shatera Howard

Shatera Howard grew up and is from Memphis Tennessee. She attended Beloit College to get her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  While in school she played basketball and danced. She said after finishing her service at Impact America she plans to go to graduate school.
What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
She said these lyrics from Alessia Cara’s song ” Growing Pains” are her favorite quote.
“Starting to look like Ms. Know-it-all
Can’t take her own advice
Can’t find pieces of my peace of mind, I cry
More than I want to admit but I can’t lie to myself, to anyone
‘Cause phoning it in isn’t any fun
Can’t run back to my youth the way I want to
The days my brother was quicker to fool
AM radio, not much to do
Used monsters as an excuse
To lie awake
Now the monsters are the ones that I have to face
No band-aids for the growing pains.”
What is your proudest accomplishment?
She says her proudest moment was being a first-generation student in college and beating all odds that were held against her. While attending an institution full of growth, pain, and getting outside of her comfort zone. Something most people don’t know about her is that dance and music are her life. She says that the only thing is that most people only see and think that there is only an athletic side to her.

Hanna Jang

Born in South Korea, Hanna Jang graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a Psychology minor. As an undergraduate, Hanna participated in the Honors Community Service Committee to help create service opportunities for students and worked in a behavioral psychology research lab focused on the relationship between social stress and stress-related psychopathology. Hanna hopes to work in the medical field following her time with Impact America.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love visiting different cafes and bars with my friends. There are lots of great places in Memphis and more are popping up all the time.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“You’re good, you’re good, you’re good” – Spongebob Squarepants

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I really enjoy drawing, painting, and crafting. My drawers at home are filled with art supplies.

Matthew Horton

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Matthew Horton graduated cum laude from Morehouse College, where he majored in political science. As an undergraduate, Matthew served as a Public Relations Manager for the Morehouse College Glee Club and was an active member of the Judson Lyons Mentorship Initiative, Morehouse-Spelman Pre-Law Society, and The National Society of Leadership and Success. After serving with Impact America, Matthew plans on either attending law school or pursuing a career in voice acting.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to read, sing, do voice acting, and do boxing! Whatever keeps me active usually keeps me happy.
What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
“Not everyone who works hard is rewarded. But! All those who succeed have worked hard!” – Hajime no Ippo.
What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
Providing supplies and teaching life lessons to people in homeless shelters gave me an outlook on life I had never seen before. It taught me to treasure what I had and provide for those who are less fortunate.
Who is someone you admire and why?
I admire my parents because I respect how hard they work to provide me with the many opportunities I have had in my life.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is a native of Memphis, Tennessee current student at Southwest Tennessee Community College and seeking an AAS Paralegal Studies Degree. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership & Success, National Society for Legal Technology, Regional Champion East Division RNMKRS Role- Play 2021, Student Ambassador Fall 2021, Tennessee Small Business Development Intern Fall 2021, and Reading Tutor for Tennessee Tutoring Corps under former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Summer 2021. After serving with Impact America, she wants to open a reading center for the 901 community to bridge the gap in learning lost during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
When my students in my 2021 summer reading program recited their sight words in front of an audience and did not miss a word! When one of the students started and then stopped, the other third graders yelled “You Can Do It”!

What is something most people don’t know about you?
That I want to be a legend in the field of helping my community! I want to go to my grave empty!

Brent Palmer

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Brent Palmer is a proud recent graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He ended his time at the university this Summer with a BS in Communication Studies, specializing in Intercultural Communication. Brent was an active participant in the Communication Career Council, The Herpetology Club, River Region Evening Edition, Alt. News and student government as a Senator at Large page. After serving with Impact America, Brent plans to go to graduate school for either Public Administration or Anthropology to better learn how to serve the public good.


Name and describe a memorable place you have been.

Barcelona! I loved just traveling down the old cobblestone streets, learning about ancient European history while consuming papas fritas or pan con tomate. The views and culture of the city is all about pushing change and creating something new, which is what I am all about!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love biking and communing with the natural world. I love watching movies and TV, so you can usually catch me watching a documentary or a good Sci-Fi/Comedy show on Netflix. I also love taking care of my 4 geckos and my house plants!

Who is someone you admire and why?

I really admire Marquita Bradshaw. She has always been very involved with environmental justice within our city of Memphis, and I would very much like to do the same. I also respect her run to be a senator as well!


Ashia Hardaway

Ashia Hardaway is a graduate from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Ashia was born and raised in Memphis, TN and intends to commit her adulthood to local nonprofits and mentoring for young adults. For fun, she enjoys attending concerts. Ashia specializes in marketing and public relations. After serving with Impact, Ashia plans to continue to mentor and become an educator in the Memphis community. 


What was your most meaningful experience or extracirricular activity in undergrad and why?

In undergrad my most meaningful experience was working with my group completing our capstone. It allowed me to work with my peers for one last time while doing work in our field.

Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire my mom because she is a determined hardworking woman who never gives up.

What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I want to eventually be a college professor.


Dekarius Dawson

Dekarius Dawson was born and raised in Memphis,Tennessee where he graduated from the Memphis Central High School in 2016 and later graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in the fall of 2019. During his undergraduate degree he was very into music and his school having placed in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition 2 years in a row. He also served as the Songleader for his beloved fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity during his undergraduate career. After his service year with Impact, he plans on furthering his education in hopes of one day becoming a superintendent.

Alexicia Campbell

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Alexicia Campbell is a Dean’s list scholar who graduated from Union University in 2019, where she majored in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Alexicia received the Servant Leadership award for her passionate work and dedication at Hands Up Preschool. After serving with Impact America, she hopes to continue serving in the Memphis community while pursuing graduate school.

What do you like to do for fun? I love riding horses and productive outlets of expression such as painting, writing, singing and exercising.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song? “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

Who is someone you admire and why? I admire and appreciate my mother because she showed me the depth of a woman’s strength and perseverance by raising, providing and showing unconditional love to me and my siblings.

April Golatt

April Golatt, a native Memphian, obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a major in International Studies-Development and a minor in Spanish. She then obtained a Master’s degree from Murray State University with a major in Economic Development. She had the opportunity to travel to Spain and New Zealand during her studies.


What do you like to do for fun?

I love to travel and eat different cultural foods (vegetarian foods only). I love watching Animal Planet (River Monsters or anything with Jeremy Wade) and I love to play with my daughters when my knees let me.


Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

I went to the Dominican Republic and had the opportunity to have a sweet Haitian lady do my hair.